This week in Verdun: land decontamination possible, garbage contract cancelled, another good restaurant

March 26, 2018

Verdun was in the news many times during the last week of March 2018. Our political representatives made announcements about a program to help decontaminate soil and the cancellation of a garbage collection contract. Le Pigor got its first review and Promenade Wellington’s annual sugar shack festival finished with record crowds.

Gaetan Laberge Social Housing Project now possible

Yesterday,  Verdun’s MNA Environment Minister Isabelle Melançon announced a $75 million grant over four years to decontaminate land. This should allow Verdun to finally build social housing on the Gaetan Laberge site, a municipally-owned contaminated site. For some reason, the grant can also be used for private projects. Not sure why. Perhaps this is to aid in private-public partnerships.

For more information, refer to the official press release in French and CTV’s story and Annabelle Olivier’s story on Global in English.

Garbage Contract Cancelled

On March 19, Verdun Mayor Jean-Francois Parenteau announced the cancellation of a garbage contract on behalf of the City of Montreal. Read the Gazette’s coverage here, CTV’s coverage here and the Global report with Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante’s explanation about the situation here.

Le Devoir Reviewed Le Pigor

Le Pigor, a bistro on Wellington Street in Verdun finally got its first review–three and a half stars from Le Devoir’s Jean-Phillippe Tastet. Read the original review here, and the English Eater brief that brought it my attention here.

Annual Sugar Shack festival a big success

Parenteau also thanked the big crowds for making the annual sugar shack festival on Wellington a big success.

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